The Newbery Medalist introduces a child-friendly series of wonderful things that have simply happened and reassures the reader with the life-affirming message that he or she is also a wonderful result of the universe. Full color.The Newbery Medalist introduces a child-friendly series of wonderful things that have simply happened and reassures the reader with the life-affirming message that he or she is also a wonderful result of the universe. Full color.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2003-11-24 "Like the lyrics to The Sound of Music's `My Favorite Things,' this picture-book list of what is wonderful in the world includes both raindrops and roses. The sweet, rhythmic text is both cheery and unabashedly sentimental," wrote PW. All ages. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2000-11-20 Like the lyrics to The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things," Rylant's picture-book list of what is wonderful in the world includes both raindrops and roses. The sweet, rhythmic text is both cheery and unabashedly sentimental. It begins with basic bread: "In a little kitchen/ someone butters bread,/ wonderful bread./ the earth grew wheat,/ the wheat made flour,/ and the wonderful happened:/ bread." Rylant sets up a premise that conveys nature's cause and effect: bread comes from flour, birds from eggs, roses from seeds. Dowley frames her illustrations with homey, quiltlike borders in simple flowered or geometric patterns. Branches of a peach tree teem with bees, a butterfly and a clone of the bright bluebird seen in Disney's Cinderella. Then abruptly, in the middle of a full-bleed spread of a blue sky dotted with a single yellow star, the text asks, "Did you know/ there was a time/ when you weren't anywhere?" Setting aside how puzzling this question might be to a child and that her answer goes against the simple logic of the first three-quarters of the book, Rylant suggests that children just happen ("you happened/ like bread, like a bird, like rain,/.../ the wonderful happened,/ the wonderful is you/ growing like a red red rose." Unfortunately, despite its feel-good appeal and images, the book lacks a coherent vision. All ages. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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